UPDATE: The NY State trial is scheduled to begin on Apr 6th, 2015. I'm looking forward to presenting the defense and being acquitted for the second time of an alleged crime in 2009 I didn't commit (see below a list of NY State charges and the progress of the trial).
http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2013/09/michael-lewis-goldman-sachs-programmer
August 15th, 2012

Dear friends,

As you may know, after being fully acquitted of the Federal charges of theft of trade secrets from my former employer, Goldman Sachs, on 8/9/2012 I was arraigned again on the NY State charges involving essentially the same matter.

I strongly believe that this is a vindictive action by government against me in their attempt to punish me even further based on a wrongful allegation of a crime I didn't commit, for which I already had spent a year in prison before the justice prevailed and I was fully acquitted by the Second Circuit (see Acquittal Order), which reversed my conviction the same day the appellate panel heard oral arguments.

Vanity Fair: Nov 2013 issue

The toll of the previous defense of the Federal case depleted all my resources - I lost my home, marriage, and all savings in that battle to protect my freedom, clear my name and restore reputation. The new NY State charges will require me to pay for even more legal defense expenses and expert fees. As you can imagine, this is a very expensive undertaking. It has been estimated that my legal and expert fees from now through trial will exceed $500,000.

The pending NY State charges and the publicity surrounding the charges have made funding such high defense fees impossible, because I cannot get employment in my field. As a consequence, I cannot afford to mount the necessary defense without the support of those who believe in me.

I would like to ask all of you, who are sympathetic to my case and who believe in the injustice of me being charged the second time for the same act that I was earlier acquitted for, to contribute the funds that would help me in my fight for justice and freedom.

You can contribute in one of the following ways:

  1. Donate on-line using a credit card by clicking the "Donate" button on the right:

  2. Send your donation using PayPal to serge@aleynikov.org

  3. Send BitCoin currency to address: 12pt8TcoMWMkF6iY66VJQk95ntdN4pFihg

  4. Mail your check payable to "Marino, Tortorella & Boyle, P.C.":
    Attn: Aleynikov Defense Fund
Marino, Tortorella & Boyle, P.C. 437 Southern Boulevard Chatham, NJ 07928
Thank you very much for your support!

Sergey Aleynikov <serge@aleynikov.org>

Bail hearing outside the NY court house after spending a week in NJ jail on unexpected NY State charges


[8/8/2012 Bail hearing: outside the NY court house after spending a
week in NJ jail on arrest that arose out of a fugitive warrant issued
by NY State without any attempt to summons me to come
voluntarily or to contact my lawyer and request me
to come for the hearing]




Round2: NY State vs. Sergey Aleynikov (8/2/2012 - present)

08/02/2012: I was unexpectedly arrested and detained again for a week without being informed of the charges.
09/27/2012: I was arraigned on the NY State indictment arising of the same conduct that I was acquitted of in the Federal court:

NY Times:
In a 71-page opinion, Justice Ronald A. Zweibel of State Supreme Court in Manhattan ruled that the F.B.I. “did not have probable cause to arrest defendant, let alone search him or his home.” The arrest was “illegal,” Justice Zweibel wrote, and Mr. Aleynikov’s “Fourth Amendment rights were violated as a result of a mistake of law.”

04/06/2015: The NY State trial started on this day, nearly 3 years after I was charged by the NY State's indictment.
    Charges:
    1. Unlawful duplication of computer related material in the first degree
    2. Unlawful use of secret scientific material

Round1: US vs. Sergey Aleynikov (7/4/2009 - 6/5/2012)

Outcome: Acquittal

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